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Essential maintenance this weekend to our Council Tax & Housing Benefit system ​Council Tax Account Balances and Housing Benefit information will be unavailable via MyNewham on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February 2018.

Customers can still make payments, but online account balances will not be updated until Monday 26 February 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.​​

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. Sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the challenge.

About the Summer Reading Challenge

We are excited to invite all children in Newham to join us for the Summer Reading Challenge. Last year we had record breaking attendance and this year we’d like even more children to get involved.
The 2017 theme is Animal Agents and children can join and attend events at all of Newham’s libraries.
Taking part is easy. The aim of the Challenge is for children to read six library books of their own choice during the summer holiday. There are fantastic rewards to collect along the way including a certificate and a medal.
You can sign up for Animal Agents at your local library from Saturday 15 July. Every year thousands of children across the UK take part in the challenge; reading, sharing and listening to stories and having lots of fun along the way, whilst keeping up their reading skills and improving reading confidence.

Animal Agents

This year the Summer Reading Challenge will be bigger and better than ever before, with an Animal Agent theme. The aim is to help children to expand their own reading by exploring similar themes, fantastic facts, characters and stories across the best contemporary children’s writing.
There are also fantastic FREE events throughout July and August across all of Newham’s libraries. Children can:
  • play detective in our Forensic Detective workshop 
  • see their favourite stories broughtto life by Chiffchaff Children’s Theatre
  • enter a world of exotic animals with Zoolab
  • take part in a musical performance with Every Child a Musician.
And not forgetting our special Discover the Author activities with a chance to meet some of the nation’s most loved writers, including Tony Ross.

Programme of events

You can now view or download the Newham Summer reading Challenge Secret Agents Required programme or find out what's going on at your local Community Neighbourhood:
You can find out more about the reading challenge, play games and access useful resources on the Summer Reading Challenge website.
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